Wow, it's game on!
Freddie is BIG MAD about the RTC primaries.
So are some (but not all) of the members of his inner circle.
So mad that they orchestrated a very public take-down attempt of the current Republican Town Committee (RTC) leadership, with the help of the Greenwich Sentinel and the Greenwich Time.
The Sentinel printed two articles in the last 24 hours on the topic, one focused on how Fred won't work with the RTC leadership even though they represent the majority of Republicans in Greenwich. The other by Jill Kelly, wife of former Board of Education member Joe Kelly, a republican who voted with democrats most of the time while he was seated on the Board. Jill actually didn't qualify to be included on the January ballot because she missed the minimum meeting requirement, but the RTC suspended the rule and let her run anyway.
What is a bit odd, though, is that the same paper declined to come to Fred's rescue when bad press from the Kordick settlement negatively impacted his re-election campaign.
The Sentinel attack was followed by a hit piece from the Greenwich Time, the biased Hearst-owned newspaper from which Camillo recruited his personal assistant. The author, democrat David Rafferty, resorts to childish bully tactics like calling the majority of Greenwich Republicans "losers" and "mouth-breathing MAGA drones." It's the only tool this MAGA-fearing democrat seems to have in his toolkit.
Rafferty's op ed is likely to be followed by a weekend attack from Andy Blye and possibly even Alma Rutgers, who might come out on Sunday to bash the Patriots, a favorite target for her left-wing hate.
Are these first shots fired simply to let the current RTC leadership know that Freddie is still "the man" when it comes to coordinating the mainstream media (aka "democrat", aka "uniparty") narrative in Greenwich?
If so, that’s okay.
Scores of Greenwich Republicans understand there is now competition for the local media, and that The Connecticut Centinal is not afraid to challenge those carefully-constructed, well-coordinated media narratives. The local press is so worried about the growing power of the Centinal that the Greenwich Free Press felt compelled to issue a "fact check", something most people easily recognize as a left-wing tactic for silencing critics.
Three of those primaries (Districts 4, 5 and 9) were issued by current members who lost in the recent caucuses, and who are lovingly called "the Red Hats" by the local mainstream media for daring to stand up for Republican values.
The challenges were issued by some of the hardest working Republicans in the entire RTC. The kind who worked at polling stations from dawn till dusk after weeks and weeks of door-knocking and phone calls. All three of those primaries are happening in districts where Fred's people, let's call them the Old Guard, won all of the seats in January, so the Red Hats have absolutely nothing to lose by challenging in those districts.
In District 5, the Red Hats are guaranteed to pick up at least one seat because one of the winning candidates from the January caucus was disqualified for not being a Republican in good standing.
Two of the primary challenges were issued by the Old Guard (Districts 2 and 8) in response to the Red Hat primary challenges, in a show of power by Fred and his puppet masters.
We have it on good authority that a number of people were strong-armed by Fred into issuing those primary challenges because Fred is still feeling all sour grapes over the Old Guard's surprise loss to the Red Hats two years ago.
Fred and his Old Guard faction were so upset about losing RTC control that they allegedly declined to help the Red Hat candidates for the State House race in 2022.
Not only declined to help, but the Old Guard apparently campaigned against then State Rep Kimberly Fiorello (and other republicans) in order to force Republican losses. We know of at least one person who was allegedly door-knocked by someone from Ryan Fazio's campaign, and was literally told not to vote for Fiorello, presumably so the Old Guard could teach the Red Hats a lesson.
How does it make Republicans feel knowing your own party worked against your candidates to ensure they would lose, all because of sour grapes? Where's the unity in that?
The sad truth is that the Old Guard never seemed to want to work with the new majority, the Red Hats. They resented the Red Hats for what they viewed as essentially stealing control of the RTC right out from under them rather than for what it was—Republicans in town were fed up with the selection of democrats for certain roles, for the party not standing up for Republican principles, and let's not forget those covid era mandates.
The Old Guard seems to have signaled that it may never forgive the Red Hats. So from day one, the Old Guard declined to find common ground with the new Red Hat majority and the "big tent" coalition they were building.
The Old Guard's dirty plan was to use 2022 midterm losses to justify kicking out the Red Hats from RTC leadership positions come caucus time in 2024.
After the Greenwich Republican losses in 2022, a pattern which played out across the country, the Red Hats realized they were betrayed by fellow Republicans. Literally stabbed in the back by a bitter Old Guard intent on getting power back by any means necessary.
The former RTC chair, Dan Quigley, ran to the Democrats and even the NYTimes for help, and in doing so, revealed his true party allegiance. He also formed an unholy alliance with James Waters, the proverbial tick on the elephant's back, and The Voting Moms, which is currently under SEEC investigation.
When the 2023 election season got started, the Red Hats kicked into high gear, and campaigned as hard as they could for all of the candidates, including Old Guard candidates like Camillo and Lauren Rabin, to bring the party together. The Red Hats endorsed every single Old Guard candidate without question, even though they could have done otherwise. The Red Hats recognized the importance of coming together, and working as a unified team to win the election.
Their hard work paid off, and the Republicans retained power across the board. The success was in large part due to the dedication and commitment of the Red Hats. Their tireless effort was highlighted in the media as the role model for other RTCs to follow.
But Fred, and at least some of his puppet masters, appear to have been angry about the help from the Red Hats during the election. Why is that?
They apparently think Fred could have won without help from the Red Hats.
So instead of expressing gratitude for the wonderful campaign support provided by the RTC and scores of volunteers they energized to get out the vote, and rather than bringing unity to the party, Fred (and/or his masters) decided to undermine the very people who helped to usher in the Republican sweep in 2023.
It leaves many reasonable people wondering... is Fred really aiming to build his power by trashing his own party in the media, and attacking the very Republicans who supported his re-election campaign? Is that what he's about now?
Or is that just his puppet masters talking?
Inquiring minds want to know!